New Astronomy Podcast Launched from the Astronomy Capital of Australia

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AstroPodcast - a new astronomy podcast launches with a world famous guest as the first interviewee.

Today saw the official launch of the newest astronomy podcast - AstroPodcast. Local resident of Coonabarabran and keen amateur astronomer Allison Reynolds started the podcast to highlight the human side of astronomy.

"I am a big believer that getting to know that scientists are just people like anyone else will encourage more people into scientific fields. Not everyone is a Sheldon Cooper," Allison said from her studio today, referring to the popular, but rather flawed character on The Big Bang Theory. "The podcast will highlight the science and the people behind the science, and will appeal to professionals and amateurs alike. If you are interested in astronomy then the podcast is for you."

Allison doesn't have to look far for world famous astronomers to interview, Coonabarabran is known as the Astronomy Capital of Australia due to the many large telescopes at Siding Spring and the many astronomers that live in and visit the town.

World famous asteroid and comet hunter, Rob McNaught, was chosen as the first guest interview on AstroPodcast.. Rob, an astronomer using the Uppsala telescope at Siding Spring Observatory represents the intended calibre of interviewees on the podcast. Rob has discovered hundreds of near earth asteroids and the 2007 Comet McNaught was named after him.

AstroPodcast has big plans when it comes to upcoming interviews. Allison let on she has three guests booked for next week as well as an upcoming video project that involves combining the podcast with other multimedia to do a “night in the life of a working telescope.”

“I am planning to release episodes on a weekly basis but when we have a big batch of visiting astronomers I can be doing two or three in a day and end up talking about everything from galaxy formation to the recent sunspot activity. It's incredibly interesting work,” Allison said.

AstroPodcast can be subscribed to on iTunes or your favourite podcast app, or listened to directly from the AstroPodcast site.

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